This week we’re reading about information architecture and Agile, the “fold,” hidden menus, site maps, user flows, and cities with custom fonts. What are you reading?
In this post, Nathaniel Davis writes, “Despite the promise of flowering fields of innovation, efficiency, and manageable chunks of working software, you should be cautiously optimistic in applying the Agile philosophy to your practice of information architecture.” Contending that “Agile planning gives little regard to user experience strategy or information architecture,” he goes on to suggest things that UX and IA pros can do to make the most of an Agile environment.
The concept of the “fold”—what appears on screens prior to scrolling—has been around since the dawn of the Web. However, the rapid adoption of mobile got many designers and developers believing that the fold was irrelevant in a small screen world. Amy Schade conducted a series of experiments demonstrating that the fold ain't dead yet!
This article, by Nataly Birch, offers up a number of examples of designers using “navicons” along with hidden menus to create elegant and responsive navigation experiences.
Documenting a potential user’s path through a website can provide a 50,000 foot view of the overall user experience. In this post, the staff at Speckyboy share a range of approaches to creating elegant, information-rich maps.
While cities are often known for their distinctive qualities—Paris for its light; Boston for its Tea Party; Los Angeles for its freeways—those qualities don’t often extend to specific design elements. In this article, Sarah Zhang explores the world of cities that have chosen to use customized fonts in their rebranding.